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Over the last two years, India has supplanted China as Amazon’s most important international market of the future. But Jeff Bezos’s company apparently still sees enough present opportunity in China to invest in new big projects there today.
Amazon on Friday unveiled its popular Amazon Prime membership program in China, a market where it has long struggled to crack the dominance of Alibaba or the rise of another competitor, JD.com.
Amazon Prime will cost Chinese shoppers 388 yuan a year, or about $57, according to Bloomberg. That’s cheaper than the $99 U.S. shoppers pay for Prime, but the program perks aren’t the same in both markets.
China’s version of Prime does not include any digital content — video and music streaming — the way it does in the U.S. Instead, the program focuses on giving free shipping to consumers who place orders of more than 200 yuan — or around $29 — from a catalogue of millions of overseas products. There is strong demand in China for products from Western brands.
Still, the launch of Prime in China is somewhat surprising considering how long Amazon has already been in the market and how much it has struggled there to date. Research firms estimate that Amazon only owns 1 percent to 3 percent of China’s e-commerce market, more than a decade into its efforts there.
That’s because the Chinese e-commerce market has long been dominated by Alibaba, which operates the Taobao shopping site where cheap, no-name brands are popular, as well as the Tmall site where many big Western brands have set up shop.
In recent years, another e-commerce site, JD.com, has also risen in popularity. JD has a market cap of more than $36 billion and recently acquired Walmart’s e-commerce business in China. Walmart now owns nearly 11 percent of JD.com.
As Amazon has struggled in China, it has vowed to invest $5 billion in India, the world’s second-most populous nation where there is not yet a dominant e-commerce power. At the Code Conference in May, Jeff Bezos said Amazon has passed along some high-level learnings from its stumbles in China to help inform its India strategy.
“We mostly tried to roll out what worked well for us in Japan, Germany, the U.K., Spain, France, Italy, the U.S., etc., and it needed more local market customization,” he said of the company’s approach in China. “If you want me to give one meta-lesson, it’s that one.”
Jason Del Rey #ReCode #TechNews #BizNews #News http://www.recode.net/2016/10/28/13457810/amazon-prime-china
After months of rumors, Amazon finally the details of its new music streaming service, which joins an already crowded market. While the price for the standalone music service is $10 per month, in line with all the other services, there are two other offers that set it apart. For Prime subscribers, the price an additional $8 per month, on top of existing yearly fees, and for users who own an Amazon Echo, the price drops even further, to $4 per month. That’s right: Music is back as a loss leader.
The precedent for this goes all the way back to the physical era, when record stores offered deep discounts on new or popular albums in order to draw customers into shops, and then upsell them on buying other albums. The stores figured they would make up the difference with increased profits from increased traffic, and for many years, this worked like a charm. It was only when the CD era started to die off that things took a turn for the worse, and big-box stores started getting into price wars that smaller players couldn’t afford.
Back then, the new album as a loss leader was a catalyst for sales of other music or unrelated goods — if you came to Target to buy a CD, for example, you might pick up some laundry detergent while you were there, as well. But with the launch of the iPod, music became a loss leader for a device that was specifically tied to that music. Sure, there were other MP3 players in the market, and it was possible to listen to music from other sources on an iPod, but many mainstream consumers chose the path of least resistance and stocked up at the iTunes store. Ninety-nine cent downloads were never the endgame for Apple — the device that cost several hundred dollars was always what they wanted to sell, and music was just a means to an end.
The big question for Amazon is whether the promise of deeply discounted streaming can move the needle enough to get Echo consumers to subscribe for one device only.
The big question for Amazon is whether the promise of deeply discounted streaming can move the needle enough to get Echo consumers to subscribe for one device only. In terms of devices, the iPod had very few mainstream competitors, but the Echo competes with Google Home, Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker, Sonos and other speakers as well as people simply choosing to look things up rather than saying them aloud. And the iPod was primarily a music device, whereas the Echo can be used for multiple purposes, so the tie to music feels less direct here. My two cents is that Echo devices will work best for the consumer looking for the “lean-back” listening experience, like the experience radio delivers. Asking Alexa to play a certain station requires a lot less work for the user than deciding what song, on what album, by what artist they’re interested in hearing.
That being said, there may be an audience of Echo users who could be convinced that a few bucks a month is a great deal for the ability to say, “Alexa, play this song.” But it’s harder to see people being swayed by a cheaper streaming service when it comes to the Echo acquiring new users if they weren’t already interested — especially for one device only (also, these devices, in my opinion, are best suited for a lean-back listening scenario in general — like radio).
The question of whether this will lead to a price war among streaming services is an interesting one to consider, but Amazon might be the only company that can pull this off. Unless Spotify or Apple Music deeply integrate with a piece of hardware, it doesn’t make sense for them to spend so much upfront, especially when paths of profitability for streaming services are rocky at best. What Amazon is doing here isn’t new, and it will be interesting to see if the trend as music as a loss leader is one that was worth bringing back.
Scott Keeney, a.k.a. DJ Skee, is a renowned radio DJ, host of Skee TV and founder of the groundbreaking Dash Radio, a curator-led digital broadcast platform that merges the best of terrestrial and Internet radio. DJ Skee has generated more than one billion media impressions in under a decade, and has more than 500,000 social network followers. Reach him @djskee.
Scott Keeney (DJ Skee) #ReCode #TechNews #BizNews #News http://www.recode.net/2016/10/28/13439754/amazon-echo-music-streaming-service-price-war-loss-leader
The root cause for this issue has been identified, and a solution will be made available shortly as BlackBerry is working with AT&T to expedite the release of a software fix. As soon as this is available the knowledge base article will be updated, as well as this thread so everyone is aware.
Unfortunately, considering the amount of time it has taken for a fix to come out, some folks have already moved on from their Priv as the numerous workarounds and device restarting became too much. Still, if you hung onto your Priv and are waiting for a definitive fix to come through, it shouldn’t be much longer now.
You can keep an eye on the BlackBerry Knowledge Base article to see when it gets updated or we’ll let you know when the fix is released. Now if only Verizon would pull their head out of the ground and release the Marshmallow update.
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